Out and About: Top 10 things to do

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G will be performing in Tel Aviv for one show at the Mann Auditorium on April 10.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
March 26, 2011 10:26
4 minute read.
William Kentridge

William Kentridge 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

1. FILM

RANGO

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A chameleon that aspires to be a swashbuckling hero finds himself in a Western town plagued by bandits and is forced to literally play the role in order to protect it. Featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone and Timothy Olyphant.

At selected cinemas throughout the country.

2. THEATER

MADE FOR EACH OTHER

Jerusalem’s Way Off Theater presents its rendition of the Broadway classic The Miracle Worker. Written by William Gibson, it tells the story of Anne Sullivan’s struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of this passionate and moving portrayal of a teacher’s devotion to her student. Directed by Sara Halevi. In English. NIS 60.

Runs today through April 7, 8 p.m., Rehov Pierre Koenig 37, Talpiot, Jerusalem, www.merkazedna.com

3. MUSIC

OY VEY

Unlike many contemporary klezmer bands that incorporate influences such as drum ’n’ bass, avant-garde and even bluegrass, Oy Division focuses on a pure roots klezmer sound from old Europe. The group consists of vocalist/accordionist Assaf Talmudi, his brother Eyal (who also plays with Balkan Beat Box) on clarinet, singer/percussionist Noam Inbar, violinist Gershon Leizersohn and acoustic bassist Avichai Tuchman. Join these talented musicians as they groove on down tonight at Jerusalem’s Beit Avi Chai. NIS 20/50

8 p.m., 44 King George Avenue, Jerusalem, www.bac.org.il

4. GOING AFTER THE BIG CHEESE

The Jerusalem English Speaking Theater (JEST) stages its latest production, a rendition of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery The Mousetrap. Known as the world’s longest-running play, it tells the story of a young couple who open a guest house in rural England and begin to welcome a number of guests. The arrival of a detective, Sgt. Trotter, sets the stage for a typical Christie plot maneuver: a snowstorm which leaves everybody housebound. A murder follows and, of course, the criminal must be someone in the house.

Runs Wednesday through April 7, Ramat Rahel Theater, Kibbutz Ramat Rahel, www.bimot.co.il or (02) 642-09080.

5. MIXED BAG

A FESTIVAL OF FLAVORS

The Jerusalem Development Authority presents a festival of food from diverse eras, cultures and traditions in the Old City. Restaurants in the city open their doors to guests with special menus and music, actors and storytellers. Highlights include food markets from the time of the Second Temple, a Byzantine market in the Cardo and traditional Jewish food from the 19th century as well as special workshops and a jazz bar on the walls of the Old City.

Runs Sunday through next Thursday, 6 to 11 p.m., www.jerusalem-oldcity.org.il

6. BELLOW IT OUT

A literary evening dedicated to the memory of acclaimed writer Saul Bellow, featuring film excerpts, interviews and readings. In English and Hebrew.

Wednesday, 4:30 p.m., Konrad Adenauer Conference Center, Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem. For details, call (02) 692-2212 or visit www.mishkenot.org.il.

7. EXHIBIT

MADE IN AFRICA

The Israel Museum presents “Five Themes,” a new exhibition of recent work by the renowned South African artist William Kentridge that spans the 1980s to the present, with particular emphasis on projects completed since 2000. With a body of work ranging from films and drawings to prints, sculptures and theatrical productions, Kentridgeoffers a fresh and distinctive perspective on the contemporary social landscape, with a particular emphasis on his native South Africa.

Ongoing at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, (02) 670-8811.

8. FESTIVAL

ARTISTIC CHOICE

Israeli and international artists showcase over 30 music, dance and drama works at this year’s Jerusalem Arts Festival. Every evening, the public can enjoy “Artistic Snacks,” a series of events taking place in the lobby of the Jerusalem Theater, before and after the performances, free of charge. In addition, there will be a community theater marathon and performances by immigrant groups.


Runs Tuesday through April 5, www.arts-festival.jerusalem.muni.il

UPCOMING

9. MUSIC

SAX APPEAL

Grammy Awardwinning saxophonist Kenny G will be performing in Tel Aviv for one show at the Mann Auditorium on April 10. Born Kenneth Gorelick, the 54-yearold American Jewish icon with the trademark flowing, curly locks is the biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era, with global sales of his adult contemporary jazz totaling more than 75 million albums. He’s been touring for the last year with his five-piece band in support of his latest album Heart and Soul.

For more info visit www.showtickets.co.il

10. DANCE

LET THERE BE LIGHT

Referring to an instrument of light mentioned in the mystical text the Zohar, Vertigo Dance Company’s Mana is a deeply theatrical piece involving two dancers. Musician Ran Bagno has created an original score that blends elements of jazz with sounds from the Far East.

Next Thursday, 9 p.m., Suzanne Dellal Center, Rehov Yehieli 5, Tel Aviv, (03) 510-5656


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